8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen announced a new executive chef Wednesday. Chef James Moran, formerly of Juleps Catering at Sullivan University will bring his global background and influence to the rooftop restaurant and bar at 350 W. Chestnut St. Moran is currently working with the culinary team at 8UP to develop new menus based on seasonal ingredients and sustainable resources, but the restaurant will continue to offer small plates and large entrées for dinner in the dining room, as well as appetizers and bar bites in the lounge and newly-renovated rooftop patio.
“It’s great to be back in a large restaurant setting,” said Moran in a press release. “Downtown Louisville is thriving, and 8UP offers a unique venue and dining experience right in the heart of the city. I look forward to serving the community.”
Moran is classically trained in French techniques with a culinary arts degree from Sullivan University. While the umami flavor profile of the Korean cuisine he grew up with stays very near and dear to his heart, he has made a point of obtaining a diverse repertoire of ethnic fare through working in restaurants that ranged from Cajun-Creole from his time staging in New Orleans, to Latin from his work as chef de cuisine at Seviche under executive chef Anthony Lamas. He also has experience with Japanese, American bistro cuisine and upscale, classic steakhouses.
Moran’s awards include the American Culinary Federation (ACF) National Achievement of Excellence Award and ACF Venison Cook Off champion. Most recently, he brought his celebration of umami flavors to the James Beard House as part of a showcase of the young chef talent in his hometown of Louisville.
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